Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) has floated a tender inviting applications to execute remaining work of Mapusa fish and meat complex, worth Rs 3.40 crore. The GSUDA has terminated the earlier contract after the contractor failed to undertake work of the building in a time-bound manner.
The complex, inaugurated in 2014 and spread over an area of 2,488 square metres, is considered as one of the modern market buildings in the town. The complex houses fish market on the ground floor and on the first floor there are stalls selling chicken and meat.
On the second floor of the complex , an exhibition hall was proposed for self-help groups by Mapusa Municipal Council and, accordingly, a resolution was forwarded to the GSUDA. On recommendation of Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, the work was proposed to be taken up.
GSUDA had appointed a consultant for the project and after following all procedures, the work was awarded to contractor M/S Kubera Construction at an estimated cost of Rs 4,19,85,552 and in the months of July-August 2015, the work had begun and it was expected to be completed by June 2018, however, hardly 30 per cent of the total work had been completed by the contractor.
Former vice-chairman of GSUDA and Mapusa councillor Sandeep Falari said that “the earlier contract was terminated following decision of general body of GSUDA as the work was being delayed.”
“First we communicated with the contractor to know the reason for the delay and yet the work saw no progress. Hence, after following procedures like issuing show cause notice etc, the contract was terminated,” Falari stated.
He said the GSUDA has floated a new tender inviting applications for completion of the pending work and “we hope that the new contractor will execute the work and complete it on time without any further delay.” This work includes civil, electrical and firefighting with time-frame for execution of work being given as 12 months including monsoon.